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Cutis. 1998 Aug;62(2):109-10.

Lower extremity purpura associated with new-onset autoimmune hepatitis: an unusual presentation.

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Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, USA.


Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic necroinflammatory disorder of unknown cause. The morbidity and mortality of this potentially lethal disorder can be minimized by timely diagnosis and treatment. Patients can present with a wide variety of clinical and laboratory manifestations, including high titers of antinuclear antibody and other autoantibodies commonly associated with dermatologic disorders. Overt evidence of hepatic injury can be a late finding. An unusual presentation of autoimmune hepatitis and a brief review of its clinical features are presented, with an emphasis on those findings most relevant to a practicing dermatologist.

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